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4 OCT 2016

Insurance, manufacturers, service providers, and software companies convene at CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Smart Home, IoT, and the Connected Consumer

Parks Associates announces speakers and keynotes for 11th annual event

IoT research firm Parks Associates today announced the keynote and speaker lineup for its 11th-annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Smart Home, IoT, and the Connected Consumer, 2-3 November in Amsterdam, where executives will discuss strategies to realize the potential for smart home solutions in Europe, which has lagged behind the U.S. Allianz, Amazon, Nest Labs, Panasonic, and SmartThings will provide keynotes focused on emerging technologies, partnerships, and use cases for the smart home in Europe.

“The European smart home market lacks the foundation that the U.S. smart home market has—a base of professional security subscribers—so companies need to forge more creative strategies and unique partnerships to help drive growth,” said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. “The partnership between insurer Allianz and global manufacturer Panasonic is a prime example of an entry-level smart home solution, the Smart Home + Allianz Assist, that builds a strong security use case and promotes future add-on sales. Executives at CONNECTIONS™ Europe will discuss the challenges of the European smart home market and innovations that will help drive growth.”

“The introduction of voice controls through solutions such as Amazon Alexa-enabled products has opened new possibilities in how consumers can interact with smart home products and services,” said Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates. “As a result, we’ve seen a rush among major players to integrate with Amazon, Sonos, and other similar solutions that will create new avenues to engage consumers with the smart home. Speakers at CONNECTIONS™ Europe will analyze the role of these partnerships in expanding the European smart home market.”

CONNECTIONS™ Europe will host over 200 industry executives in an intimate networking environment, with multiple sessions covering the impact of IoT, cloud services, and the smart home on the consumer.  

Event Speakers:


Stephane Blanc, International Commercial Director, Hive, Centrica Connected Home

Dr. Christoph Döbrich, Innovation Manager, Allianz Worldwide Partners

François Girodolle, Head of Product Partnerships, Nest Europe, Nest Labs, Inc.

David Isbitski, Chief Evangelist Alexa and Echo, Amazon

David Tuerk, General Manager, Smart Home & Telecom Europe, Panasonic


Johan Ambuhm, Vice President, Digital Solutions, Inwido AB

Max Amordeluso, EU Head of Alexa Skills Kit, Amazon

Jérôme Arnaud, CEO, DORO AB

Michel Arrede, Head of Marketing, Connected Home, Amdocs

Avi Barel, Director Business Development, ULE Alliance

Lewis Brown, President, MiOS

Leigh Calton, Head of R&D, Ageas UK

Seb Chakraborty, Director of Technology, Connected Homes, British Gas Connected Homes

Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO, EMEA, ARRIS

Oliver Cockcroft, Product Architect, Ayla Networks

Charles Dawes, Senior Director, International Marketing, TiVo

Marco Dorjee, General Manager International Sales & Business Development, Centralite Systems Inc.

Shane Dyer, Founder, Arrayent

Nicolas Georgy, Director, EMEA, Swiss Re

Asit Goel, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Business Line Secure Monitoring & Control, NXP Semiconductors

Reed Grothe, SVP of Global Business Development, Alarm.com

Ashley Hathaway, Senior Developer Evangelist, IBM Watson

Alistair Hoyes, General Manger, Homes, Honeywell

Pierre Hunter, VP Sales Europe, Verimatrix

Amit Kroll, Business Development & Integration EMEA, ASSA ABLOY

Cees Links, General Manager Low Power Wireless, Qorvo

Rishi Lodhia, CEO, Panasonic Cloud Management Service Europe

Wojtek Makowski, CTO, SoftAtHome

Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect 

Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO and Founder, Audio Analytic

Steve Moore, Director of Connected Home, Dixons Carphone

Gordon Padkin, Thread Group Evangelist, Thread Group

Jean-Marc Prunet, CEO, myFox

Tobin Richardson, President & CEO, Zigbee Alliance

Thomas Rockmann, Vice President Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom AG

D'Arcy Rossiter, Head of Insight, Centrica Connected Home

Omer Sagi, Director Business Development Smart Door Locks EMEA, ASSA ABLOY

Curt Schacker, Senior Vice President, Connected Products, EVRYTHNG

Daniel Schellhoss, Founder of ProSyst, Bosch

Christopher Schouten, Senior Director Product Marketing, Kudelski Security

Allen Scott, Director Secure Home Gateway & IoT, Intel Security

Jennifer Sewell, Product Marketing Manager, mnubo

Tim Smokoff, Group Vice President, Health & Wellness, Nortek Security & Control

Philip Steele, Founder & CEO, nCube

Patrick Strauss, Supply Chain Visibility & Internet of Things Subject Matter Expert, IBM UK

Andrew Thomas, Co-Founder & CRO, SkyBell Video Doorbell

Lukas Tobis, Head of Sales, Fibaro Group

Itai Tomer, Head of Cloud DVR, Ericsson

Catherine Van Aken, Senior Director Strategy, Business Development and Marketing, Technicolor

Remko van den Berg, Head of Sales, EMEA, Logitech

Antti Vihavainen, Partner, Business Development, Cozify

Ricco Winther, Director of Sales, Sigma Designs

Daniel Wong, Vice President - Sales, Marketing, & PLM, MivaTek / Home8

Martin Woolley, Technical Program Manager, Bluetooth SIG

Rafi Zauer, Head of Marketing, Essence

Conference sponsors include ASSA ABLOY, Ayla Networks, Bluetooth SIG, Essence, EVRYTHNG, Home8, Icontrol Networks, mnubo, ROC-Connect, Z-Wave, and ZigBee Alliance.

Conference supporters include Antenna Group, Appliance Design Magazine, B2 Group, BayPay Forum, Best Web Design Agencies, bestseos.com, CableFax, Cities Today, Conference Guru, Council, CrowdReviews, FierceCable, FierceMobileIT, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceTelecom, FierceWireless, FTTH Council, HomeGrid Forum, HomePlug Alliance, HomeToys, IPSO Alliance, IT Today, Mind Commerce, oneM2M, Open Connectivity Foundation, Payment & Cards Network, PharmaVOICE, Salutem, SmartGrid Spain, Smart Insights, Telecompaper, Thread Group, topSEOS.com, and Visibility Magazine.

For more information on CONNECTIONS™ Europe, visit http://www.connectionseurope.com or contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113. To schedule a meeting with an analyst or to request specific research data, contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com, 720.987.6614.


CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Strategies for Security and Smart Home will be a virtual conference taking place 10-12 November 2020, as part of the CONNECTIONS™ Community. This virtual conference and networking experience will host multiple webinars leading up to the November event, with analyst insights, interactive panels, roundtable discussions, and special networking, taking place July 15, July 29, Aug 19, Sept 16, Oct 7, and Oct 28.

Produced by Parks Associates, the 14th annual CONNECTIONS™ Europe is an executive conference focused on innovative business models, industry partnerships, and technology advancements for smart home solutions, cloud services, and value-added services, including energy management and connected health services.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe combines networking opportunities with visionary keynotes and conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations for strategic partnerships and monetization opportunities. http://www.connectionseurope.com